The NYPD identified the suspect as 29-year-old Jordan Burnette.READ MORE: NYPD & State Police Hate Crime Units Investigating Vandalism At Bronx Synagogues
Police say they arrested him Saturday morning as he was riding a bike stolen from a synagogue.
“He is being charged with burglary as a hate crime and also faces numerous charges relating to the many acts of vandalism as hate crimes that have taken place in this community,” said NYPD Deputy Inspector Jessica Corey, of the Hate Crimes Task Force.
“This has been going on for a few days. This was a department-wide effort,” said John Miller, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism. “Hopefully life will resume back to normal and people will be able to worship without fear.”
They say he vandalized four synagogues in Riverdale, threw rocks through synagogue windows last weekend and also broke windows of parked cars.
Police say surveillance, stakeouts and patrol all helped lead to the arrest.MORE NEWS: Local Leaders Call For Policy Changes In Response To Vandalism At Bronx Synagogues
He faces numerous hate crime charges, including burglary and criminal mischief.